The Latics from Wigan came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against their counterparts from Oldham with Jordi Gomez dusting himself down to convert from the spot after the Spaniard had been upended in the penalty area.


Stephens 18

Gomez 47 (pen)

Roberto Martinez took a mix of youth and experience across Lancashire to face League One side Oldham Athletic and came away impressed with the performance of his side despite being held to a 1-1 draw.

Martinez opted to mix it up a bit giving him the opportunity to give a run out to some of the younger players , some of his experienced stars, his new additions and also one or two brought in on trial.

The Wigan squad sporting their new home strip for the very first time included multi-million pound signing Mauro Boselli who was given his first taste of English football when he entered the fray for the second half as his new gaffer made several changes during the break.

The Argentinian wasted little time in making his mark with an impressive run that culminated in his fierce shot beating Oldham keeper Dean Brill but unfortunately failing to get the better of the bar.

As the game drew to a close the former Estudiantes striker cracked a superb volley from six yards out but was this time thwarted by an outstanding save from Brill.

The home side took the advantage early in the game with the diminuitive Dale Stephens hitting a low drive past on loan keeper Ali Al-Habsi after Wigan failed to properly clear a Ritchie Jones cross.

New Oldham manager Paul Dickov would have been pleased with his side in the early exchanges with his side testing the Wigan goal on more than one occasion and it wasn’t until midway through the opening period before Jason Scotland tested Brill for the first time.

The Trinidad and Tobago international and his first half strike partner did go on to create more opportunities but just couldn’t breach their host’s defences for the equaliser leaving Wigan to go into the dressing room at half time a goal down.

Martinez made sweeping changes to his line up for the restart with what could well be his first choice strike force thrown into the mix as Mauro Boselli and Hugo Rodallega took to the field in place of Scotland and Moses.

However moments after West Yorshire offical Jonathan Moss had restarted the game it was another of the half time replacements that grabbed the equaliser.

Almost immediately Wigan charged their way upfield with Boselli involved from the outset and as Jordi Gomez weaved his way into the area wth the ball he was cruely stopped in his tracks by young Oldham defender Paul Black leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.

Gomez stepped up to take the penalty himself and despite Brill getting down smartly to his right the Spanish midfielder’s strike proved too much for him as the ball rattled the back of the net.

Boselli then introduced himself properly to the travelling Wigan fans with his effort rattling the underside of the bar and further nice touches from the Argentinian showed his intentions for the new season.

Both sides had their chances to nick the game but in the end the performances of the players on the pitch was far more important to both managers than bragging rights.

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)
Attendance: 1,959
  Dean Brill   Ali Al-Habsi
  Kieran Lee   Emmerson Boyce
  Paul Black   Roman Golobart
  Dean Furman   Antonio Amaya
  Reuban Hazel   Jordan Mustoe
  Jason Jarrett   Mohamed Diame
  Ritchie Jones   Sekou Baradji
  Dale Stephens   Charles N’Zogbia
  Warren Feeney   Ben Watson
  Ryan Brooke   Victor Moses
  Lewis Alessandra   Jason Scotland
  Greg Fleming   Mike Pollitt
  Pawel Abbott   Abian Serrano
  Kelvin Lomax   James McCarthy
  Jon Worthington   Jordi Gomez
  Kirk Millar   Lauren Merlin
  Rod MacDonald   Josh Langley
  Tom Eaves   Daniel Redmond
  Ferenc Fodor   Jonathan Breeze
  Francois Kompany   Daniel de Ridder
  Paul Dickov   Callum McManaman
      Joe Holt
      Hugo Rodallega
      Mauro Boselli
18′ Goal Dale Stephens    
46′     Player Off Ali Al-Habsi
Player On Mike Pollitt
46′     Player Off Charles N’Zogbia
Player On James McCarthy
46′     Player Off Ben Watson
Player On Jordi Gomez
46′     Player Off Mohamed Diame
Player On Lauren Merlin
46′     Player Off Victor Moses
Player On Mauro Boselli
46′     Player Off Jason Scotland
Player On Hugo Rodallega
47′     Goal Jordi Gomez (pen)
58′ Player Off Jason Jarrett
Player On Rod MacDonald
63′ Player Off Warren Feeney
Player On Pawel Abbott
72′ Player Off Lewis Alessandra
Player On Francois Kompany
73′ Player Off Ritchie Jones
Player On Kirk Millar
73′ Player Off Ryan Brooke
Player On Paul Dickov
78′     Player Off Antonio Amaya
Player On Daniel Redmond